A GROUNDBREAKING announcement that could hint at the existence of alien lifeforms in our solar system and beyond is coming this week.
Nasa will reveal its discovery in a news conference on «Oceans Beyond Earth» this Thursday.
Scientists have made the discovery using the Cassini space probe, which has been monitoring mysterious Saturn and its moons, as well as the Hubble telescope.
Titan, a moon of Saturn, is believed to have an ocean hidden beneath its frozen crust.
Stargazers also believe Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, has a similar feature.
Could these secret seas be home to alien lifeforms?
The US space agency today announced: «Nasa will discuss new results about ocean worlds in our solar system from the agency’s Cassini spacecraft and the Hubble Space Telescope during a news briefing 2 p.m. EDT [7pm BST] on Thursday, April 13.
«These new discoveries will help inform future ocean world exploration — including NASA’s upcoming Europa Clipper mission planned for launch in the 2020s — and the broader search for life beyond Earth.»
It follows the announcement that Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft will be killed off in a spectacular suicidal nosedive after orbiting Saturn for 12 years.
The spaceship will end its mission with 22 daring loops passing through the mysterious gap between Saturn and its rings.
Since arriving at Saturn in July 2004, spacecraft Cassini has been exploring the giant planet and its 62 known moons.
This includes Titan, thought to resemble an early Earth, and the ocean-bearing moon Enceladus, which is mysteriously shooting ice particles out into space.
It was responsible for beaming incredible pictures back of the Death Star-style moon Mimas, and a “UFO” moon which looks bizarrely like Donald Trump.